Our Young Farmers Club is based in the Weald of Kent. We meet twice a month, usually within 10 miles of Marden.
Our Club is a group of young people aged 13 to 28 who are interested in farming, agriculture and livestock, but anyone who wants to join in the fun may do so. You don’t have to be a farmer to be a Young Farmer. Younger members should be at least in Year 8. Membership is £20 for 21-22, some trips cost extra. Membership runs from 1st September to 31st August. Membership for 22-23 has not yet been decided.
Usually, we take part in competitions like the Kent YFC Winter Competitions Day, and the South of England Show, and regularly visit local farms. It’s not all hard work though, and we enjoy our social meetings, like pumpkin carving, and bowling. During the COVID outbreak, we had to get creative with our programme, meeting outside whenever possible, or on Zoom.
We are affiliated with the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs and the Kent Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs. Weald of Kent YFC was formed in April 2016, and formally inaugurated on November 18th 2016. It was a “probationary club” til January 2018, but is now a fully fledged affiliated club. (That means we are doing it right!)
Weald of Kent YFC is a “charity exempted from the requirement to register”. This means our income is not high enough for us to register with the Charity Commission, but we are bound by the rules of running a charity. Because we are not registered, we don’t have a charity number. The trustees are C Eckley, S Nesfield and A Scott. Please enquire if you would like to see our accounts.
The club follows a number of NFYFC Policies on Child Protection, Bullying, Health & Safety, etc. More Information for Parents here.
In March 2019, the Club was awarded a grant by the David Friday Memorial Fund through Kent Community Foundation, for a project called “Growing Safer Farmers”. Eight members have completed tractor driving, 2 ATV handling, 1 welding, 2 sheep shearing and 1 chainsaw – all accredited courses recognised across the industry. Ten members have completed First Aid, and one Food Hygiene.
The club was National Club of the month in October 2019. In Autumn 2020, Sophie won the New Member’s category of the National YFC Achiever Awards 2020. In summer 2021, the club was runner up in the Farm Safety category of the National YFC Achiever Awards 2021 for the Growing Safer Farmers project.
The club is also supported by the National Farmers Union – Weald of Kent Branch, Paddock Wood Lions, NFU Mutual Flimwell & Tunbridge Wells, and the Weald of Kent Ploughing Match Association. It has also been supported by the Rural Youth Trust, the Blakemore Foundation, and the Kent County Agricultural Society. Our clothing sponsors are Eckley Farms, N P Seymour Ltd, M & A Brown & Sons, BTF Parternship, and Gaby Hardwicke Solicitors.